Beginning in 2003, the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation partnered with fifty-three hospitals in the San Francisco Bay and Greater Sacramento areas of California to improve patient safety. The twelve-year $167-million Betty Irene Moore Nursing Initiative was intended to empower front-line registered nurses as leaders in implementing evidence-based clinical practices at the bedside. The initiative funded clinical efforts across 17 patient safety improvement areas. Results from seven of these are recently published in the prestigious peer-reviewed journal Health Affairs.
Bay Area hospitals had varied participation rates in those seven areas in the period 2006–2013. As a result, patient outcomes improvements compared to baseline also varied. Participating hospitals are maintaining the quality improvement outcomes that the foundation’s support helped them achieve, which demonstrates the potential of front-line RNs to lead sustainable quality improvements.
Read more about the initiative's efforts and results in the full article here.